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Hop Burn High - Mikkeller ApS

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The same malts and hops were also used for the imperial pilsner "Hop Burn Low".

(Beer added by: bark on 12-27-2011)
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Reviews by skotster13:
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Bottle: Purchased at Perry's Liquors (Livermore, CA)
A: Beautiful orange, tangelo colour. Thin head, little lace.
S: Nose of mandarin orange, tart hop.
T: Wonderful soft citrus on the palate. Juicy hop flavor with gentle bitterness.
M: Oily citrus hops. Bright explosion of tart and bitterness. Well balanced and focused on the mid-palate.
O: Delicious effort from Mikkeller, as always!

02-28-2012 19:59:24 | More by skotster13
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a sticky one finger white head atop,great lacing and form to the head.Big grapefruit rind in the nose just really fresh and it jumps out at ya,light herb and sweetish alcohol round out the nose.Grapefruit-like hops and sharp bittering hops dominate the palate with sweet alcohol as well,it's sweet but not as in your face sweet as many of the style.It's sticky and sharp like an imperial ipa should be,it's not to sweet just a great beer.

02-01-2012 00:02:14 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-13-2013 20:59:54 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-16-2014 05:21:21 | More by FadetoBock
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-07-2013 03:17:31 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has some nice grapefruit and apricot notes, as well as a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, with a lot of oranges and other tropical fruit coming through. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor really shines. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-30-2012 03:44:20 | More by Mora2000
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle in to my Mother Earth tulip glass. Retail price was $6.99 per.

Can't believe I'm the first person to review this beer...

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange. 2 finger head dissipates slowly. Leaves some lacing, but not much sticks to the glass. Looks very nice.

Smell - Whoa. This beer smells unlike any IPA I can remember. Giant pine notes upfront. Smells like pine-oil resin. I can't recall a beer with so much piney smell right up front. Citrusy too, with plenty of grapefruit and orange, but all these other aromas take a back seat to the pungent pine.

Taste - Again, lots of pine, hop oils and citrus. The citrus is all grapefruit and orange. I'm getting some black pepper notes, too and a nice, bitter finish. It's very astringent. The 10% ABV is noticeable, but I'm O.K. with that. This beer is really bitter, and I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is very nice. Not too much, not too little. All the hop oils make this a rather oily-feeling beer. Smooth, but I'm afraid it might not be very drinkable. I only have one bottle, and I don't think I'd follow this one with another.

Overall - A really good beer, and certainly worth trying, simply because of the rather unusual smell and flavor (for an Imperial IPA). I don't think the drinkability is very high with this beer, and that keeps me from giving it any higher marks. It's a solid effort, and an interesting one. Give it a try.

Edit: Read somewhere that this beer was 300 IBU's. Would love some more information as it rolls in.

01-25-2012 04:38:56 | More by Dano420
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

A pint served in a L'achouffe chalice at Accent Lounge, enjoyed in my big-ass corner table (it's a rather quiet, um, afternoon here.)

This beer appears a somewhat muddled medium golden amber hue, with one thick finger of dense, creamy beige head, which takes its time sinking away, leaving a nice array of webbed grotto lace around the glass.

It smells of heavy biscuity caramel/toffee confectionery, orange cream, some further brown sugar, and heady piney, leafy hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, kind of doughy, yet with toasted biscuit notes in there too, all rather unusually overwhelming for that pungent citrus and pine hoppiness lurking at the fringes. A slight booze astringency simmers menacingly below.

The bubbles seem more or less AWOL, just barely registering a blip here and there, the body showing a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and smooth in that caramel pudding manner (once a jigger or two of brandy has been surreptitiously added). It finishes on the sweet side of Caramel Toffee City, tempered a wee bit by a persistent biscuit/cracker breadiness, and of course those tamped down, bitter citrus and forest floor hops.

A surprisingly quaffable DIPA, given the tremendous up-front sugary slant. However, the hops pull a respectable Rudy, aided by one of the most understated, but still influential 20-proof dances that I have yet encountered. Recommended, but my God, do get somethin' salty to nosh on whilst enjoying it.

09-05-2012 00:28:25 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-27-2013 21:39:26 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle at Blue Monk. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body, with a good amount of head and lace. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit and orange citrus taste. Big IBU but not a palate eraser, though a big astringent. Not bad as a double IPA, though not overly complex. Good drinkability.

07-17-2012 12:08:27 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-03-2012 14:26:22 | More by Oboogie
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-10-2012 06:15:13 | More by OGkushington
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2012 21:42:01 | More by aztraz
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Enjoyed at a Mikkeller tap takeover at the Beer Revolution in Calgary (from notes)
A - hazy golden orange, one finger of light tan head that looked fairly creamy and held it own, left solid lacing
S - floral and grassy with some grapefruit, with biscuit and brown sugar in the background with faint booziness
T - toffee and bread maltiness are quickly overtaken by hop flavours of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin, ending with a sweet-heat boozy kick
M - leaning on the heavier side of medium, fairly creamy start with a resiny character, dry's out somewhat with the alcohol heat and hops
O - it a big beast for sure, somewhat surprised at the heartiness of it for a high octane DIPA, but it ends up being pretty well balanced for the style

11-30-2012 20:48:14 | More by joemcgrath27
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2.88/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA glass. Golden amber with more than two-finger head that receded into a medium cap. Really sticky lacing down the sides. Lots of biscuits in the nose along with pepper, resin and grapefruit. Very citrusy with resin present on the tongue...not as bold as the smell. A good bit of bitter aftertaste hangs around...mostly medium bodied with average carbonation. The smell and looks were promising, but we know it all comes down to the taste, and this one simply didn't live up.


06-01-2012 22:02:32 | More by maleman
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-20-2014 07:27:07 | More by GRG1313
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

07-16-2014 20:16:52 | More by pat_usher
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows pine, peach, lychee, soft alcohol and sweet clean malt.
Flavours are sweet at first with lots of clean malt after which a piny assault enters with accompanying bitterness. Very well balanced.
Could could be a little lighter.

09-14-2012 01:36:50 | More by CrazyDavros
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-19-2012 17:16:14 | More by jessicapreuss
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-01-2013 16:04:52 | More by jaydoc


2.15/5  rDev -45.3%

Served in a 10oz snifter for $7. Sampled 1/30/12.

A: Arrives with 1 finger of white head, foamy and bubbly, with average retention. Medium dark orange body with decent clarity and just a touch of haze. Thin ring for a collar. Slings of lace stick loosely to the glass.

S: Starts out with a burst of tropical fruit hop aromas and I begin to believe that I've found a fresh IPA from Mikkeller. That dream was replaced with reality just seconds later when the glorious aroma was overwhelmed or replaced with an excess amount of heavily rendered caramel. Butterscotch even.

T: I don't know if the hops have faded, if the grist was poorly designed, or if folks on the right side of the Atlantic like super caramelly IPAs...but this isn't for me. Orange and citrus were likely dominant at one point, but all I get are faded hops and caramel.

M: Smooth, nearly full-bodied flavor lasts long, sticking to the tongue and extending the sweetness well past what should have been a dry and bitter finish. Oily but not quite cloying.

O: "Hop Burn" doesn't really describe my experience; the flavor is actually very smooth, even though I'm not fond of it. I can't help but wonder why my experience was so different from the other 6 reviewers. Hell, I had it "fresher" than they did! Perhaps the bottles held up better than the kegs did?

03-11-2012 12:13:49 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours out straw yellow to amber with two fingers of slightly off-white creamy suds. Alcohol legs.
Smell is fresh citrus and furniture polish. Malts and sugar adorn the aroma along with the alcohol.
Taste is a dirty mix of malt sugar and grapefruit rind. Alcohol is the big flavor here.
Mouthfeel is sticky but it does finish clean except for the booze.
Overall not bad but could be much better with some more fresh hops and a little less alcohol.

05-12-2012 03:18:20 | More by peabody
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-16-2013 00:18:23 | More by st9647v3
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-04-2014 03:06:06 | More by DrBier
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store just got this in recently, and since I've already tried Mikkeller Hop Burn Low, I figured I would try this one out as well. Label is pretty much the same, only the oven notch is turned toward HI instead of LO this time around. "Double Imperial Pale Ale".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy khaki head. Body pours a light straw lemon color; burnt sienna orange in the glass with some brown highlights from all the dark chunky yeast sediment lurking in there. Some spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of creamy caramelized malt, fresh squeezed hop oils, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, some creamy earthy wood character, maybe some hints of vanilla & shredded coconut, and some yeast presence. Typical Mikkeller. Nice.

T - Ahh yes, this is delicious, even for an IPA that is on the old side. Lots of sweet creamy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla. Hop bitterness is noticeable, but the candied sweetness takes over before the hops can strike you in full effect. Maybe a bit faded, but still delicious. Earthy wood character buried in there.

M - Feel is smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some resinous hop bitterness and toffee malts hanging out on the palate.

Overall, another quite enjoyable beer from Mikkeller. I feel as if a lot of his IPA creations are eerily similar to one another, with a few slight deviations each time, but everytime I enjoy them. No actual "hop burn" or alcohol heat detectable, even with a powerful 10.00% abv. Definitely recommended if it is available to you.

Mikkeller Hop Burn High ---4/5.

10-12-2013 17:32:00 | More by mfnmbvp
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Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.